A consummate interpreter of new repertoire, she has enjoyed collaborations with many ensembles featuring today’s most eminent composers including “Scenes from a Novel” and “Kafka Fragments with violinist Gabriela Diaz by György Kurtág, “Aspen Suite” by Salvatore Sciarrino and “Nenia: the Death of Orpheus” by Harrison Birtwistle conducted by Jeffery Means, and world premiere of “Earth Songs” by Ronald Perrera with New England Philharmonic, among others.
As a co-founder of the intrepid Boston-based Guerilla Opera, she has produced many newly commissioned operas with lead roles tailor-made for her ferocious stage presence. Recent projects include the premiere of Hannah Lash’s Beowulf, in which she enraptured audiences with her “beautiful fragility and strength,” (I Care If You Listen) and the newly released Loose, Wet, Perforated by Nicholas Vines on Navona Records, an evocative opera in which de la Guardia “struts her stuff” (Opera News). Other favorite new roles include the Doctor in Persona, based on the Ingmar Bergman film, by Keeril Makan and under the music direction of Evan Ziporyn with Beth Morison Projects, and the Voice in Oration by Line Tjönoi with the Center for Contemporary Opera under the music direction of Lidiya Yankovskaya. The Arts Fuse lauds de la Guardia’s “natural sound [as] lovely, as clear and powerful as grain alcohol.”
As a solo artist, she has worked with numerous organizations including the American Lyric Theater, the Boston Conservatory New Music Festival, Boston Modern Orchestra Project, Center for Contemporary Opera, Firebird Ensemble, Harvard Group for New Music, I/O Ensemble at Williams College, Ludovico Ensemble, and PARMA Festival. Sometimes performing under the guise of “Dirty Paloma,” a moniker for her solo endeavors, she incorporates new music and chamber music collaborations into highly curated, “fearless and edgy” (Boston Musical Intelligencer) concerts throughout New England.
De la Guardia has also enjoyed performances of classical repertoire has been featured on television guest starring in the episode entitled “Missing” in the second season of ABC’s “Body of Proof.”
As an educator, she has been a featured artist at Harvard University, Lawrence Conservatory, Vermont College of Fine Arts, University of Memphis, and served on the performance faculty at Hubbard Hall Opera Theater for three seasons. Other guest speaking engagements include those at the National Opera Association Convention, Classical Singer Convention and guest panelist at Boston Lyric Opera’s “Night at the Opera.” She also maintains a large private studio in Haverhill, Massachusetts.